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inevitable. you're welcome. that's what we're dishing about ♪ good morning, everyone. i believe it is thursday, we are getting close are and closer to the weekend. that is some good news. another fall-like day out there this morning as you step outside. good morning, everyone. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. welcome to fox 5 morning news. time now to get a quick check of the weather. >> good morning. >> a real quick check because all my maps aren't ready to go. we have temperatures falling back into the upper 40s and 50s to start your day and we're still clear but we've got this frontal system out to our west.
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it's cold front that will be approaching a little later this afternoon. the forecast looks like this. lots of sunshine to start your day. we'll gradually clear up and eventually, i think the rain showers and perhaps even thunderstorms will hold off until tonight. that swath of moisture you see now approaching cincinnati will start to get into the area. we see locally heavy rain here overnight and into friday. that is still a good 1 hours or so away. we are not too concerned with it here for the morning commute. temperatures later today, we are expecting highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. it should be nice and comfortable later. with temperature right now in the 50s, not a terrible start to the day so just a little cool out there at the moment. back to you. >> tucker, thank you. let's take a look at our top stories. an elaborate plan to blow up the federal reserve building in new york city using 1,000 pounds of explosives. it has been stopped by federal agents and a suspect is now
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facing serious charges. federal agents say there was never any risk to the public because it was all part of a terrorism task force sting operation. the suspect, a 21-year-old bangladeshi man is now in federal custody. former democratic governor time cain will face off against former republican governor george allen in their final debate. -- former democratic governor tim kaine will face off against former republican governor george allen in their final debate. the debate starts at 7:00. fresh off the second presidential debate, republican nominee mitt romney rallied with supports in leesburg. >> reporter: governor mitt romney says, in their second debate, president obama, in his words, did not answer questions on stage tuesday night. but here in leesburg, the former governor was brought on stage by a former cast member
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of saturday night. on stage in leesburg, virginia, comedian dennis miller kicked things off with a joke at the expense of the vice president. >> i said what is with this coffee, it is so old and bitter. she said oh, that's just joe being joe. >> reporter: but miller was just the warm-up act. the head liner was the republican nominee. >> there is a north virginia welcome. thank you, virginia. >> reporter: on the heels of the second presidential debate, mitt romney moved to tamp down reviews of an improved performance. >> i think it is interesting that the president still hasn't found an agenda for a second term. >> reporter: romney also criticized the president over possible cuts to the budget. >> unlike cutting this, i would have said maintain our military strength because america's military must be second to none
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and so strong no one would ever test us. >> reporter: romney has been a familiar face here in virginia. he has made frequent trips here ever since locking up the nomination. romney campaign stills say even with 20 of those days left, many of those days will be spent mere in the commonwealth. romney's supports in leesburg appreciated the face to face time with the candidate. >> is in the first time live. >> you get to see the man. you get to hear him. >> reporter: at this point, for the romney campaign, winning or losing virginia may depend on how many voters get to see mitt romney with their own eyes. >> we have 20 days. we need to take back america. it is up to you guys in virginia. >> while governor romney that h. northern virginia to himself wednesday, that will not last long. as people were filing in here for this event.
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the obama campaign announced that president obama will hold his own rally in fairfax. fox 5 morning news at 4:30 starts now. happy thursday, october 18th, 2012, live look outside right now at the u.s. capitol dome. good morning, i'm wisdom martin. >> welcome to fox 5 morning news. definitely felt a little bit of a chill in the air but about the same as we had yesterday. >> temperatures are 10 degrees warmer? >> they are? >> yeah. >> than they were yesterday morning. ? >> come on, sarah. >> i didn't feel it that much warmer. >> that is because wisdom goes if his fancy house to the
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garage. just kidding. >> i like it though. >> let's go to temperatures. >> let's just do that. >> 56 at reagan national. dulles, 52. bwi marshall, 48. remember yesterday, dulles was back in the 30s. >> oh, it's all coming back to me now. >> yesterday, reagan national was in the upper 40s at this hour. so a little bit warmer than yesterday. still, it is on the cool side and it is pleasant. should see plenty of sunshine here early. we'll seat clouds increase a little later this afternoon. and eventually that band of rain you see out towards cincinnati will get in here. the same band of rain that brought the rain delays to the baseball games yesterday. it could drop locally heavy rain around here later tonight. the daytime hours should be dry but we'll get rain showers and perhaps some thunderstorms rolling through here. the good news, it is moving so fast, it will clear up quickly and by tomorrow, we'll get right back into the sunshine. becoming most hi cloudy by late
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day. highs back around 70 and once again, we'll get rain later tonight. >> thank you so much, tucker. >> we have a news alert to pass along to you right now that could impact your commute this morning. a pedestrian was hit on richmond highway just south of the beltway. this happened in the northbound lanes of richmond highway. it was just before 2:00 this morning. of course, watch out through that area if your commute take you there. now, to get the latest on this accident and the commute around the rest of the area, let's check in with julie wright. >> right now, so far, so good. no problems reported on the top stretch of the beltway between college park and bethesda. all lanes are open if you are continuing between i-59 and the exit for colesville road all the way over to 270. an easy drive south on 95 and 295 coming in ought of laurel. no problems reported in the express line or main line headed out to the 14th street bridge. overnight construction in the process of being cleared as you travel the beltway on 66 and on the beltway near route 7 in
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tyson's. northbound i-59, no trouble spots to report leaving quantico headed out for the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on-timetraffic. imetraffic. >> thank you. a big story we are following this morning, authorities in new york say a man is under arrest for attempting to blow up the federal reserve building in manhattan. >> but official say it was all part of a sting operation and there was never any threat to the public. melanie alnwick is live with the latest on this. >> reporter: good morning. while the bomb may have been a fake, the intent was not. the 21-year-old suspect saying in court he knew his plan to blow up the federal reserve would cause a large number of civilian casualties including women and children. prosecutors say he came to the u.s. from bank los angeles debra? january on a student versace a he attended southeast missouri state during the spring semester studying cybersecurity. in july, he contactsed a confidential informant saying he wanted to form a terror cell. he met with undercover agents in september telling them he
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wanted to become a martyr for al-qaeda. he chose the target of the federal reserve and was supplied with enactive materials to make a 1,000 pound bach. official say he made several attempts to detonate it in lower manhattan and was then arrested. peter king says the fbi rightly let this one play out. >> they did not want this case to break out in the open as quickly as it did because they wanted to try to get more information out of him as to possible other al-qaeda operatives here in the united states. i have have no reason to believe he is not a lone wolf other than the fact that during the course of the investigation, he did talk about having contact back in bangladesh and in yemen also, i believe. >> the fbi stresses that the plot never posed an actual risk. there was no allegation that he received any training or intersection from a real terrorist group. he faces charges. he was held without bail and did not enter a plea.
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a disturbing discovery for parents of children at a bethesda day care center. four toddlers at the lindbergh child care center wandered away and into the streets. the day care says it conducted an investigation and has fired the teachers involved. it has reported it to the appropriate oversight agencies. the trial resumes for the two prince george's county police officers charged with beating a university of maryland student t happened in 2010 during wild celebrations after the terps beat duke in a basketball game. yesterday, first degree assault charges were thrown out. rent signaled baker and james harrison are still facing charges of second degree assault and misconduct in office. in the race for the white house, the republican candidate governor mitt romney only has a couple of public events planned before next monday's final debate and he is devoting the
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rested of his time to debate presbyterian. last night, romney rallied voters in leesburg and got a rousing applause following tuesday night's debate. tonight, romney heads to new york to speak at the 67th annual alfred smith memorial foundation dinner. president barack obama will also speak at the dinner at the waldorf towers in new york city tonight and this afternoon, the prespeaks at a campaign event in manchester, new hampshire. tomorrow, he is due to hold a rally in fairfax, virginia. we are learning where the president will be on election night. campaign sources say he will be at the mccormack place convention center in chicago. no reasons were given but it makes sense, they say, from a security point of view. there is another debate tonight in the hotly contested race for the open virginia senate seat. former democratic governor tim kaine will face off against former republican senator george alhelp in the final debate. they have already debated twice and tonight's match-up is at virginia tech in blacksburg and
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starts at 7:00. a reminder for you. we have a new show that is debuting as election day approaches t will focus on both local and national candidates and issues during the final two weeks of the campaign. it all starts on monday at 6:30:00 p.m. right here on fox 5. later on this were nothing, nearly 600,000 people in virginia will take part in the first ever great southeast shake-out day. the event hopes to better inform people about earthquake safety and prepared innocence encouraging people to remember drop, cover and hold on. the event is also taking place in maryland, d.c. and north carolina. some more bad news for cyclist lance armstrong. coming up next, details of who was cutting ties with the legend now. the death toll continues to rise in the meningitis outbreak and now a public official may have the virus. we are checking more headlines coming up next.  [ male announcer ] we the people, the middle class,
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making headlines this morning, four more people have died dyed from the fungal meningitis outbreak bringing the nationwide death toll to 19. nearly 250 people have been sickened including a mayor in new hampshire who says he received the steroid shot for back pain back in september. george zimmerman is set to stand trial begin being next june. he is accused of killing trayvon martin back in february. zimmerman is charged with second degree murder. his wife has been charged with perjury. she is accused of lying about the family finances during her husband's first bond hearing. zimmerman has pleaded not guilty climbing self-defense. some people in chicago are heading to the vapt can to see two women named as saintsz. one is a mohawk woman who spent much of her life in new york.
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the other is mother -- to the vatican to see two women named as saints. one is a mohawk woman who spent much of her life in new york. the other is mother mary koch. he has not been proven guilty any court of law and the court of public opinion has certainly ruled but in his mind, if he is still innocent, i don't know if he will come out and say that. i think he needs to come out and say he is sorry for this and to wipe the slate clean. >> this all comes about a week after the u.s. anti-doping agency released a report detailing allegations of widespread doping by armstrong and his team. armstrong said in august that he would not fight the doping case. just about time to get into
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the holiday spirit. you know, you can see those things already. the christmas decorations. time to spend that money. coming up next, details of when the national christmas industry is actually going to be lit and how you can get in on the fun. >> plus, one month away from the opening of the new express lanes on virginia's beltway but the big question, how much will it cost to ride? we have the answer coming up but first let's talk to tucker barnes. >> we've got clear skies out there and cool temperatures back in the 50s to start your day. lots of sunshine for the first part of your thursday but we've got rain in the forecast. we'll have details on that. julie wright has a look at traffic too right after the break. 
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it is a sign that the holidays are right around the corner. the national christmas tree lighting ceremony on the ellipse will be held on december 6th. 17,000 free tickets will be given out through appear online lottery. it will open on thursday, october 25th at 10:00 in the morning and close the following day at 10:00 a.m. winers will be notified by december 1st. for more information, you can go to myfoxdc.com and click on web links. >> always fun to be down there for that. i don't know if of a been down there but we've covered it before and always neat to watch the tree and the whole presentation. >> some years it is in the 50s
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and some jurors it is snowing. i think like two years ago, it was snowing for the event. >> usually that early, we don't have any snow around. >> i do recall it being a little chilly. >> oh, yeah. >> it is december. >> it is december. let's get your forecast for today. today, we'll have a little bit of everything. we'll have cool temperatures to start. but by -- honestly, tonight, some rain will arrive. if you are watching well out to the west, you can see the rain arrive late today. the rain really won't get in here. we have a pretty vigorous frontal system that is out to the west. brought some heavy rain to parts of the midwest. temperature right now, reagan national is 56 degrees. 56 in washington. 61 in annapolis. these temperatures, of course, a little warmer as i mention a few minutes ago than they were 4 hours ago. still on the cool side. manassas 43 degrees. we're 41 in frederick. 57 in quantico. here what is we're looking at. shower and thunderstorm
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activity on the way. there we go. we're clear right now. we'll see an increase in clouds by late morning. a little early sun and some clouds by late morning. eventually, the showered you see out to the west, out by cincinnati will get in here. that will bring us a period of rain into the overnight hours into early friday before it quickly pushes off to the north and east. it is moving in a direction and it has some dynamics that are suggested that there could be some thunderstorm activity with it as well. we could get locally heavy rain here during the overnight hours. we'll get it out of here by early tomorrow and that will set us up for what will become a nice weekend. 71 today. another mild afternoon. early sun, afternoon clouds. breezy, mild out there. winds are going to pick up out of south here at 15. 58 tonight, showers and thunderstorms likely. mild overnight, 5 # the overnight low. there are your wind out of the south at five to 10. here is your accu-weather seven- day forecast. early clouds tomorrow and we'll see afternoon sun with
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temperatures in the low to mid- 70s. cooler air gets in here tomorrow night. weekend looks great. sunshine, saturday and sunday. we get all kinds of outdoor events. we'll go for it, nice and dry. look at next week. nice warming trend. this will be a nice time. mid-70s by tuesday and wednesday next week. that is a look at the forecast. wisdom, back to you. >> thank you. we have an update now to a news alert that led the show this morning. a pedestrian hit on route one just south of the beltway in alexandria. we have learned that that person has died. the accident happened just before 2:00 a.m. in the northbound lanes of route 1 near hunting ton avenue. investigators remain on the scene so you will still find that traffic is impacted in this area. now, let's get the latest on traffic from julie wright. good morning. >> good morning. just a follow-up. we spoke with police. you are absolutely right. there is still and ongoing investigation taking place on route 1 south of the beltway at huntington but police tell me the lanes are now open. travel is able to get by in each direction on route one.
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there will be police activity, some flashing lights to draw your attention. the beltway running smoothly as you travel between the wilson bridge and the springfield interchange. northbound on i-95, no trouble spots to report in the express lanes or the main line continuing out of newington headed up to the capital beltway. 66 still an easy ride as you make your go come in from manassas towards centerville. lanes are open, light traffic volume through vienna. those cones and barrels should be picked up and moved out of the roadway. you will find southbound 270, a nice, easy trip as well. no problems reported early coming in out of hyattstown. that's a check of your fox 5 there is still a few more months until the express lanes on the virginia beltway open up. company build the new lanes are now saying how much we can expect to pay to use them. at any hour on any given
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day, the beltway in virginia can get clogged with traffic. soon, however, there will be a quick reliable alternative where traffic will always roll at at least 45 miles per hour. although finishing work is still being done, this five- year construction project to add four lanes on the eight- lane beltway is nearly complete. >> we are very pleased to report that the project is on time. it is on budget and on track to open later this fall. >> reporter: the project cost $2 billion. 08% came from trans-urban and floor who will operate the road as a very different kind of toll road. cars who use the express lane must have an e-zpass transponder for toll collection. the tolls will vary. this is called dynamic tolerates. as the express lanes get more crowded, the tolls will climb higher so traffic will ease off and the average speed on the
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express lane will remain at a minimum of 45 miles per hour. to ride for free, hov three carpoolers must have the newer e-zpass flex transponder. >> you will have this switch to switch from toll road to hov road. you won't be chargeed a toll if have you three people in the car. >> reporter: solo drivers during rush hours will likely be charged somewhere between $3 and $6 for a one-way trip. off peak, transurban guesses drivers will be charged one or two dollars. a command center will monitor the express lanes 24/7 to adjust toll receipts rates and to responds immediately to traffic incidents. it is pretty well known there are already hov vile ators -- violators. what is to prevent people from
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going on the express lane and switching their e-zpass to hov mode while riding alone. enforcement. the operator plans to hire as many as sick virginia state troopers to count the people in cars using the hov signal. repeat offenders could be fined as much as $1,000. john henrehan, fox 5 news. -- plans to hire as many as six virginia state troopers to count the people in cars using the hov signal. >> that could get expensive. >> yeah. >> when we come back, we'll talk about a breakthrough in cancer research. up next, why doctors are excited bay new drug for pancreatic cancer. you could soon be paying more for your favorite bottle of wine thanks to something unfolding overseas. we'll get a full report as we check more headlines coming up next. 
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there could be a breakthrough in the fight against pancreatic cancer. researchs are at the university of minnesota developed a drug to treat the disease. they have been working on a treatment for 30 years and doctors say it was successful to laboratory mice but the drug is still very much in the preliminary development phase. pancreatic cancer kills 30,000 people every year. in our consumer alert, wine lovers may have to shell out more money for their favorite wine. >> it is all because of bad weather going on in europe. >> reporter: the price of your favorite wines could be going up as europe sees its worst grape harvest in half a century. drought, frost and hail combining to damage many vineyards in europe. >> we have more and more periods of drought in an
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exceptionally drought period in the whole south and whole mediterranean region. >> reporter: france's grape harvest is expected to fall by almost 20% compared to last year and italy's grape crop showing a 7% drop. >> two big producing nations like france and italy are not known a harvest so weak in 40, 50 years. >> reporter: experts also say spain's wine production is expected to slide 14%. >> there will be many vintners in big difficulties because of the collapse of the harvest. >> reporter: europe's grape harvest has a global impact because it accounts for more than 60% of the wine produced worldwide. some say the rise would be similar to that seen by chilean wine over the past year after that country suffered a poor grape harvest in 2011. >> consumers have to expect an increase, higher prices and we hope this increase will be a smart and reasonable increase. >> reporter: the u.s. is the
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largest retail wine market in the world. accord tying recent report, american consumers spent more than $40 billion on wine in 2010. a long night on the baseball diamond. not many runs but plenty of rain. >>. coming up next, highlights from last night's playoff game seen right here on fox 5. on fox 5. i don't spend money
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